The death of someone we love can be devastating, and it turns our world sideways. The feelings of grief are normal and healthy, but sometimes we get stuck, or think we are going crazy. Sometimes others have unrealistic expectations and we need a safe and nurturing place to openly acknowledge and share this loss we are experiencing. Whether the loss is fairly recent or happened many years ago, if an individual is struggling in any way, being part of a caring, accepting, non-judgemental group can be beneficial, and offer hope.
Not all losses we grieve are through death. Life throws us many other losses that can have enormous impacts on our mental, emotional, and physical health, as well as our sense of Self. Those losses could include, but are certainly not restricted to:
- moving to a different community, moving to a care situation
- children leaving home
- retirement or any job loss
- financial stress
- physical and/or cognitive abilities
Whatever the loss, having a confidential and accepting space within which to acknowledge the reality of life losses and the accompanying feelings and impacts can help tremendously. It’s also an opportunity to learn some new information and develop tools that will help with difficult symptoms.
My opportunity to share my sad experience when my husband died meant a lot to me.